Cats shine at state trackYanique Black may have had a chance to contend for a medal at last weekend’s WIAA State Track and Field Championships. Black posted the 10th fastest time in the girls’ 100 meter dash during the three heats of Friday’s qualifying races.
By: Bob Burrows, River Falls Journal
Part of the $16-million renovation to UW-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium over the past year included expanding the running track from nine to 10 lanes.
Too bad the WIAA didn’t expand the field of event finalists to match. If it did, River Falls’ Yanique Black may have had a chance to contend for a medal at last weekend’s WIAA State Track and Field Championships.
Black posted the 10th fastest time in the girls’ 100 meter dash during the three heats of Friday’s qualifying races. Only the top nine runners advanced to Saturday’s final, leaving the Wildcat senior out of contention for a spot on the awards podium.
Black turned in a time of 12.54 seconds under ideal conditions in Friday’s preliminaries, just four-tenths of a second slower than Beloit Memorial’s Felicia Carlson, who grabbed the ninth and final qualifying spot.
Tasha Allen of Milwaukee North went on to win Saturday’s 100 meter dash final in a driving rainstorm with a time of 12.05 seconds.
Black also just missed making the finals in the 200 meter dash by recording the 11th fastest time of 25.95 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries. Milwaukee Bradley Technical’s Elexis Fuller-Stewart earned the ninth and final qualifying spot for Saturday’s finals with a time of 25.54 while Allen won the 200 meter dash title with a time of 24.08.
Black’s 10th and 11th place finishes in her two individual races were the best finishes turned in by the six individuals and one relay team representing River Falls at the 114th running of the WIAA State Track and Field Championships, the oldest high school event of its kind in the country.
Black also teamed up with junior Kali Kramolis, sophomore Tessa Coggio and senior Abbey Berg to anchor the girls’ 4 X 200 meter relay team to a 12th place finish Friday with a time of 1:46.41.
Hudson finished 20th in the girls’ 4 X 200 meter relay with a time of 1:49.20 while Milwaukee Bradley Technical defended its 2008 title by taking first in 1:39.30.
In Friday’s girls’ 100 meter hurdle preliminaries, Kramolis posted a 13th place time of 15.85 seconds to come up short in her bid to earn a spot in the finals while her teammate, sophomore Emily Snyder, finished 18th in 16.55. Marissa Savitch of Homestead took first in 14.82.
Sophomore Lucy Ramquist rounded out the Wildcat girls’ contingent at the state meet, and finished 17th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:23.0. Becca Selner of Ashwaubenon won the girls’ 1600 meter title in 5:06.24.
In the boy’s competition, Wildcat senior Colin Rogers finished 17th in Friday’s 3200 meter run final with a time of 9:48.7. Alex Brill of Madison La Follett placed first in 9:02.43.
Saturday, competing in a driving rain, Wildcat senior Sean Gilbert finished 13th in the triple jump with a leap of 42-feet, 10.75 inches. Oladipo Fagbemi of Marshfield took first with 47-10.25.